Photography is often a meditation, a healing, a spiritual experience for me. It gives me a peace that I think cannot be experienced in regular life. But sometimes photography can also kick your ass. Some of my photos shoots have been in such remote locations, in such difficult conditions, carrying around 30 pounds of equipment for miles, I wondered then if I would make it, if it was worth it. I confess that there are days where I did not enjoy it at all, I hated it, I swore I would never do it again. My trek to shoot at Yuba Lake was one of them.
But then ~ when light shines, and the negatives are exposed, I am mesmerized. This photo from Yuba Lake is one of my favorite images of all time. It shows me beauty that was in the land, the sky, the water, that I didn't even see when I was there. Even though I was tired and stressed, the resulting photo shows me beauty and peace. Why is that? I don't know. They say that your photography shows what is inside you. Maybe I have a more beautiful spirit than I know, because to me my photographs are more beautiful than I could have imagined. I treasure this photo because every time I look at it, it reminds that even when things are hard, there is so much in life and our surroundings to be appreciated.